§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the change, between February and May 1982, in terms of (a) numbers and (b) percentages of the total number of those unemployed, in the totals of those persons who are unemployed and who are in receipt of (i) unemployment benefit only, (ii) unemployment and supplementary benefit, (iii) supplementary benefit only, and (iv) neither supplementary nor unemployment benefit.
§ Mr. Newton
The information requested is as follows:
Current prices* Constant prices average 1981–82 Expenditure at current prices as percentage of gross domestic product† 1980–81 Contributory benefits 14,856 16,564 8.1 Means-tested benefits 2,901 3,234 1.6 1982–83 Contributory benefits 18,843 -‡ Means-tested benefits 6,092 -‡ Notes: * Financial years. † Calendar years. ‡ It is not possible to anticipate full effect of price movements between 1981–82 and 1982–83.